Pulp Documentation

This documentation is for pulpcore, which is used with plugins to fetch, upload, and organize arbitrary content types.

Anyone interested in writing a plugin should reference the Plugin API.

How to Navigate the pulpcore and plugin docs

Plugin Documentation

If you are a new user who is evaluating Pulp it is recommended that you skim the documentation for the plugins that add the content types you are interested in. Links to these docs can be found in our list of plugins

Because the ecosystems of various content types (ie, rpm, docker) can be so diverse, pulpcore stays out of the way for plugins that need to do something differently.

Each plugin can have different features, but as much as possible they follow common patterns to stay consistent. The potential difference in workflows means that each plugin is responsible for documenting all workflows. Some common plugin workflows the are:

  • synchronize from an external repository

  • add/remove content manually

  • publish and host a repository version, enabling a client to download content

  • deferred download (aka, on-demand sync)

  • lifecycle management

Pulpcore Documentation

pulpcore handles some parts of common content management workflows, including high performance downloading, task queuing with scalable workers, and management of content within versioned repositories. Information about Installation, Architecture and Deploying, and general concepts and terminology are all covered by the pulpcore documentation.


Some parts of the plugin workflows, like manual add/remove and lifecycle management are also documented in the pulpcore docs. These cover the common case, but not every plugin will use them. This is why the plugin docs are the single source of truth for the workflows of each content type, and pulpcore docs are supplemental.


Pulp has an active commmunity that writes issues, fixes bugs, adds features, writes plugins, and helps each other with support from the core developers. If you have questions or want to help make Pulp better, please reach out!


Pulp uses a version scheme x.y.z, which is based on Semantic Versioning. Briefly, x.y.z releases may only contain bugfixes (no features), x.y releases may only contain backwards compatible changes (new features, bugfixes), and x releases may break backwards compatibility.